SEKAB's CelluAPP technology selected for Finnish biorefinery project
Sweden-based bioprocess developer SEKAB E-Technology has revealed that it has been selected by Kanteleen Voima Oy, a Finnish energy utility to provide its CelluAPP technology platform for the Nordfuel biorefinery project that is being developed by Kanteleen Voima.
To be built adjacent to the Haapavesi condensing power plant about 120 km south of Uleåborg in Northern Finland, Nordfuel is a EUR 150 million biorefinery project being developed by Kanteleen Voima Oy. Planned to commence operations in 2021, the facility will produce cellulosic ethanol and biomass fuels from softwood residues – indeed the plant will become one of the largest biogas production facilities in the Nordic region.
Swedish clean-tech company SEKAB E-Technology has revealed that it has been selected to provide its CelluAPP technology platform for the project although the value of the order has not been disclosed.
To successfully tackle climate change, Europe will need all available bioethanol. Softwood residues are amongst the most climate-friendly raw materials available, and using them for ethanol production is made possible through our technology CelluAPP, said Marlene Mörtsell, CelluAPP Technology Manager at SEKAB E-Technology.
Since March this year, SEKAB is demonstrating its CelluAPP technology using the specific forest residues that will be used when Kanteleen Voima starts up Nordfuel in 2021. It will be a full-scale biorefinery with an annual capacity to produce 65 000 tonnes of cellulosic ethanol and 250 GWh of biogas for the transport sector, 230 000 tonnes of lignin for Haapavesti power plant and 64 000 tonnes of biofertiliser.
For us, there was never any doubt about who would become our technology provider for this project. The CelluAPP technology is world-leading, and SEKAB has extensive experience in producing bioethanol from softwood residue, said Teija Mäyrä, Head of Technology at Kanteleen Voima.